Popular Cointreau Drinks

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Cointreau is a top brand of triple sec that's prized for its orange flavor. While you can sip it on its own, it's also used in a number of popular cocktails you've probably all ready heard of. If you're feeling adventurous, work your way through these drinks and decide which ones are your favorites.

The Cosmopolitan


According to TheRichest, the cosmopolitan comes in at number one on their list of the most popular cocktails in the world, and they list Cointreau as an essential ingredient. If you love a little tart cranberry flavor mixed with orange, give this drink a try.


  • 2 ounces citron vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • Crushed ice


  1. Combine all four ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.
  2. Strain the contents into a cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lemon if you like.

The Sidecar


Huffington Post says the sidecar is likely on every bartender's list of favorite cocktails. If you're partial to brandy, try this cocktail that has proven itself a classic decade after decade.


  • 1 ounce Cognac
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • A few ice cubes


Simply pour all three ingredients over ice into a chilled rocks or old-fashioned glass.

The Lemon Drop

lemon drop
Lemon drop

Serious Eats notes that the lemon drop was one of the most popular cocktails of the in the 20th century. With a an overwhelminly positive user rating at Drinks Mixer, the combination of vodka, Cointreau and lemon still proves to be popular in the 21st century.


  • Sugar for rimming a cocktail glass
  • 2 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Crushed ice


  1. Wet the rim of the glass with a little lemon juice, and then dip it in the sugar and set it aside.
  2. Add some ice to a cocktail shaker along with all three ingredients and shake.
  3. Strain the contents into a cocktail glass and garnish with a strip of lemon peel.

The Long Island Ice Tea

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Long Island ice tea

The Long Island Ice Tea makes Barmano's most popular cocktails list where users give the drink a five out of five cocktail glass rating. This drink goes down smoothly, but take care; it's deceptively strong. Have just one and sip it slowly.


  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce tequila
  • 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • Cola, chilled
  • Ice cubes
  • Slice of lemon


  1. Pour the vodka, tequila, gin, rum, Cointreau, lemon juice, and syrup into a Collins glass with ice, and stir.
  2. Top off the glass with cola, and garnish with a slice of lemon.

The Margarita


The Nibble claims the margarita is the most popular cocktail in the United States, and it rates a solid five out of five from users on Barmano's most popular cocktails list. Tequila is the backbone of this drink, but Cointreau and lemon are essential for creating its signature flavor.


  • 2 slices of lime
  • Coarse salt for rimming
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • Crushed ice


  1. Rub one slice of lime around the rim of a margarita glass to moisten it, and then dip it in the salt. Set the glass in the freezer to chill while you prepare the cocktail.
  2. Combine the tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice with the ice in a shaker and shake.
  3. Strain the contents into the chilled glass and garnish with the remaining lime slice.

The Mai Tai

mai tai
Mai Tai

With the tiki bar revival, tropical cocktails like the Mai Tai are definitely back in style. This drink comes in at number three on Drinknation's top 100 cocktails list and is definitely worth trying if you're a fan of rum drinks.


  • 2 ounces aged rum
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1 teaspoon orgeat syrup
  • 1 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • Crushed ice
  • Pineapple and other citrus fruit slices for garnish


  1. Combine the rum, Cointreau, grenadine, orgeat, and lime juice in shaker with the ice and shake.
  2. Strain the drink into a chilled hurricane glass or tiki glass and garnish with fruit.

The Singapore Sling

Singapore sling
Singapore sling

Although the original recipe for the Singapore sling was lost decades ago, this cocktail is still famous and popular around the world. Bartenders have tried to recreate the original recipe as best as they can based on memories of the cocktail's flavor, so you might encounter slightly different recipes in different establishments.


  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce Cherry Heering or cherry brandy
  • 1/4 ounce Benedictine
  • 1/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters, optional
  • Crushed ice
  • Pineapple wedge and a cherry


  1. Add all the liquid ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.
  2. Strain the drink into a chilled Collins or highball glass, and garnish with a pick of pineapple and cherry.



Sangria is a festive wine punch that's a popular staple at many Spanish restaurants, and it makes a wonderful party beverage that's made by the pitcher to serve at warm weather gatherings. It's also quite versatile since you can make it with red or white wine and a variety of fruits. This recipe serves about four people.


  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of red wine (Rioja is recommended.)
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar, optional
  • 2 ounces Cointreau
  • 2 ounces brandy
  • About 12 ounces chilled club soda
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced with the peel on
  • 1 orange, sliced with the peel on
  • 1 lemon, sliced with the peel on


  1. Prepare the fruit as directed above.
  2. Pour the wine, Cointreau, and brandy into a large glass pitcher and stir in the sugar if you choose to use it.
  3. Add the soda and fruit to the pitcher, stir, and refrigerate for at least four hours to give the fruit time to infuse the wine.

Put Your Cointreau to Good Use

If you purchased Cointreau just to make a specific drink, there's no worry about getting tired of it now. You have plenty of popular cocktail options to try out, but don't stop there. You can use Cointreau in nearly any recipe that calls for triple sec, so experiment a little and decide what's popular with you.

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Popular Cointreau Drinks